students march 7.3 miles to vote

I love readings stories like this (and it makes me proud to have been a Texan for a least a little while). Via Crooks and Liars via Burnt Orange Report blogging about an article in the Houston Chronicle, thousands of students from Prairie View A&M University yesterday marched 7.3 miles to vote in protest over a county decision to have only one early voting location:

Early voting starts today in Texas. In Waller County, a primarily rural county about 60 miles outside Houston, the county made the decision to offer only one early voting location: at the County Courthouse in Hempstead, TX, the county seat.

Prairie View A&M students organized to protest the decision, because they felt it hindered their ability to vote. For background, Prairie View A&M is one of Texas’ historically Black universities. It has a very different demographic feel than the rest of the county. There has been a long history of dispute over what the students feel is disenfranchisement. There was a lot of outrage in 2006, when students felt they were unfairly denied the right to vote when their registrations somehow did not get processed.

aerial photograph of students from Prairie View A and M University marching down the highway to vote

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